9:20am Wednesday 9th October 2013
By Gina Bebbington
POWERS to compulsorily purchase land in Northwich are set to be invoked today, Wednesday, as part of the plans to rebuild Barons Quay.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) executive group is expected to pass a resolution granting a compulsory purchase order (CPO) across the town centre at its meeting at Chester HQ.
Shopkeepers in Northwich have received letters about the likelihood of CPOs, which was also raised at a meeting of Northwich Independent Retailers Association (NIRA).
Clr Gaynor Sinar, from NIRA and also a CWAC councillor, said: “People think that it means getting knocked down but there’s all sorts of little things to do with a CPO, like the right to swing a crane over your roof, it’s not always about demolition.
“A lot of the letters were sent out just for information, those properties subject to a CPO know about it.”
A report that will go before councillors states that CWAC owns 93 per cent of land interests in the site and is in negotiations to buy the rest but that a CPO is needed to tie up any loose ends.
The report states: “There however remains the possibility that the council will not be able to acquire all interests that exist that have not been identified despite extensive and exhaustive work on title.
“To enable Barons Quay to go ahead and thus achieve the planned regeneration benefits the council needs to secure ownership, interest and rights over all affected land.”
The Barons Quay scheme will involve a multiplex cinema, supermarket, shops, bars, restaurants, petrol station, hotel and housing.
CWAC is still in negotiations for the anchor tenants for both the supermarket and the cinema and the aim is to complete the first phase of the scheme by January 2017.
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